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Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life [Hardcover]

Item : Bosch and Bruegel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Koerner, Joseph Leo
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691172285
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691172286
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 448
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100022500

In this visually stunning and much anticipated book, acclaimed art historian Joseph Koerner casts the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel in a completely new light, revealing how the painting of everyday life was born from what seems its polar opposite: the depiction of an enemy hell-bent on destroying us.

Supreme virtuoso of the bizarre, diabolic, and outlandish, Bosch embodies the phantasmagorical force of painting, while Bruegel, through his true-to-life landscapes and frank depictions of peasants, is the artistic avatar of the familiar and ordinary. But despite their differences, the works of these two artists are closely intertwined. Bruegel began his career imitating Bosch's fantasies, and it was Bosch who launched almost the whole repertoire of later genre painting. But Bosch depicts everyday life in order to reveal it as an alluring trap set by a metaphysical enemy at war with God, whereas Bruegel shows this enemy to be nothing but a humanly fabricated mask. Attending closely to the visual cunning of these two towering masters, Koerner uncovers art historys unexplored underside: the image itself as an enemy.

An absorbing study of the dark paradoxes of human creativity,Bosch and Bruegelis also a timely account of how hatred can be converted into tolerance through the agency of art. It takes readers through all the major paintings, drawings, and prints of these two unforgettable artistsincluding Boschs notoriously elusiveGarden of Earthly Delights, which forms the core of this historical tour de force. Elegantly written and abundantly illustrated, the book is based on Koerners A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, a series given annually at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

"Winner of the 2017 PROSE Award in Art History & Criticism, Association of American Publishers""One of the Evening Standard Best Art Books of 2017 (chosen by David Ekserdijian)"Joseph Leo l2

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